The department encourages an intense but informal culture of dialogue and fellowship. We hold regular guest lectures, panels, and colloquia. The undergraduate Philosophy Society meets weekly to discuss texts and ideas.
You'll be inspired to think big in Boston, a city famed for its great thinkers throughout the centuries. Here, you can complement your studies with internships at the city's numerous nonprofit organizations, government agencies, think tanks, and other sites where you can apply your knowledge to help address real-world challenges.
As a senior, you can participate in the Philosophy Department's annual symposium, a lively dialogue and discussion of ideas. The format for our symposium follows the same procedures as the Dialogues of Plato and involves a student delivering a speech on a philosophical idea, followed by responses from classmates. Themes are chosen in advance. Previous topics include The Good Life; Chaos, Order, Harmony; Truth, Illusion, and Reality; Aesthetics; and Self-knowledge.
The Symposium is the culmination of your philosophical studies at Suffolk and takes place near the end of each spring semester. Participation in the Symposium is required for all seniors, but some advanced junior philosophy majors may also take part in it. In addition to an oral presentation, seniors must prepare a three-page written synopsis of their positions with references and footnotes.